Friedrich Althoff (1839 - 1908)

Prussian Under-Secretary of Education and Cultural Affairs

Friedrich Althoff was one of the most important persons in Ehrlich's life. Althoff supported Ehrlich during his time in Berlin and Frankfurt/Main in all means. On Althoff's suggestion Ehrlich became director of the small Institute of Serum Therapy (Institut für Serumprüfung und Serumforschung in Steglitz) in Berlin that Althoff later moved to Frankfurt/Main. The Mayor of Frankfurt, Mr. Adickes, was also very instrumental in establishing this institute in Frankfurt.